Graduate Admission

The deadline for fall admission to the MA program (including consideration for Graduate Assistantships) is January 15.  All students who apply for admission to the MA program in History will be considered for History Department graduate assistantships.  Students not seeking funding through an assistantship may also be considered for spring admission by applying during the preceding fall semester; the deadline for such consideration is October 15.  Applications and information, including about additional Graduate School financial aid opportunities, are available at the Graduate School website.

Admission requirements are the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (of a possible 4.0), with higher grades in undergraduate history courses.
  3. Successful record of completion of undergraduate history courses.
  4. A two- to three-page personal statement about your field of interest and career objectives.  We ask that you provide us with as clear and detailed a statement as possible.
  5. An academic writing sample of 10 to 20 pages, preferably on a historical topic.
  6. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The general test is required; the subject test in history is optional. Those students residing in countries without ready access to the GRE may be able to make alternative arrangements. Contact the DGS for details.
  7. A curriculum vitae.
  8. Three letters of recommendation. These should be from faculty who know the applicant’s academic work well and should address the aptitude for graduate study in history.
  9. Credentials of applicants from other countries, including academic transcripts and English language proficiency examinations (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE), must be evaluated by the Office of International Student Services.

All materials may be submitted with your Graduate School application.  If you have questions about required materials, email the History Department administrative assistant at

Transfer Credit
Up to 10 semester hours in history courses, completed with a grade of B or above, may be transferred from other accredited graduate schools to the MA program at Miami with the approval of the Graduate School and the GSC.  For credit to be transferred, the courses must be taken with five years of the projected graduation date.